The Rev. Byron Vance will deliver the message at this year’s Chapel in the Pines Christmas Eve Service.
“The message is Hope that comes into the world with Jesus,” he said. “The changes it makes in our life and the world today.”
Vance said everyone is welcome to attend the Christmas Eve Service at the Chapel in the Pines in Pell City Lakeside Park.
The service starts at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, and will last for about 45 minutes.
The Pell City First United Methodist Church holds the Christmas Eve and Easter Sunrise Service annually at the Chapel in the Pines, which opened in Pell City Lakeside Park in 2014. The first service in the Chapel was a Christmas Eve Service.
The service includes spiritual Christmas songs that include “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Away In A Manger,” and “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing.”
The program includes a Bible reading before Rev. Vance delivers the message.
Vance was named the senior pastor for the Pell City First United Methodist Church in June 2014. As an ordained elder, he has served in the United Methodist Church since 1997.
Before coming to Pell City, Vance was an associate pastor at the Cullman First United Methodist Church. He had also served as a senior pastor for Southside United Methodist Church near Gadsden.
Vance grew up in Madison Country, near Huntsville.
Vance and his wife, Kelly, have two teenage sons, Daniel and Landon.
Sunrise services are held throughout the summer at the Chapel in the Pines. There are different speakers each week, mostly local ministers.
Chapel in the Pines services allow local residents to travel to early sunrise services by land or water. Its amphitheater is adjacent to Logan Martin Lake.
The Chapel in the Pines Board, which is an outreach program of the Pell City First United Methodist Church, spent about $40,000 towards the construction of the amphitheater in Pell City Lakeside Park. Construction was completed in December 2014.
The amphitheater has a large stage with power and outlets for microphones and speakers and seats around 300 people.